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Star Formation: text

Scientists believe that starbirth results when giant molecular clouds collapse under their own gravity. A swirling disk of gas and dust surround the young star.

Jack Welch, University of California at Berkeley:
The material in the disk probably forms planets, much as happened in our own solar system. And of course may support life, which is of great interest.

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